Griez Lightning: Atletico star agrees terms with United?
The Sun reports on Thursday that Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann has agreed personal terms with Manchester United, paving the way for a move to Old Trafford this summer. According to the paper, United would be “happy” to meet the 26-year-old’s buyout clause of £89 million which would see him equal France team-mate Paul Pogba’s record transfer fee from Juventus to United last summer. However the paper says with various add-ons, the total cost of the transfer – for a salary of £280,000 per week – could exceed £170m.
United fail with Mbappe bid
Meanwhile the Mbappe obsession rumbles on as on Thursday the Guardian writes that United’s bid of £72m was rejected by Monaco, who are demanding a casual £100m for the youngster. According to the newspaper, United coach Jose Mourinho is desperate for goals after a season of dull draws, currently branded as an “unbeaten run.” With Mourinho apparently now focusing on the Europa League as his team’s route into the Champions League next season, United may yet become a more attractive destination for Europe’s top players, says the newspaper.
Paper Round’s view: We expect to see Mourinho throw money at the issues he has experienced this season before reflecting on his own leadership, and we expect to see some ostentatious purchases as part of those efforts. We also expect to see him bring in some fire power in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose United career we assume is over after his knee injury.
Will I Ain’t: Conte to send Willian packing?
A number of Thursday’s back pages focus on Chelsea and Brazil winger Willian, who is said to be fighting for survival at Chelsea as Antonio Conte prepares for a summer clear out at Stamford Bridge. After a sterling campaign in 2015-16 which saw the 28-year-old named the club’s player of the season after saving the Chelsea from the brink, he has seen his role significantly reduced this season and Conte is now said to be ready to let him go. A report by The Sun suggests West Ham’s Michail Antonio could be his replacement.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Paper Round: Griezmann agrees United terms, will join in July